Duller: Dustier

Poem by: jmurch

Summary

This is a feeling I had felt when I suffered a partial layoff a few years ago. It wasn't even unemployment. My company just dropped my hours to sometimes 16 hours per week. I was depressed, but it could have been worse. The economy was globally in shambles, and many of my coworkers had been entirely laid off. I still had a job, but I had no hours. This poem marked that pain I felt. It also drove me back to school which I truly needed.

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Submitted: April 28, 2012

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A man wonders did the pictures on the wall seem

 duller – dustier?

 Looking down at sore calloused hands he thought

 How could the dream be over

 when the factory was still three miles down the road

 and his hands still felt the last piece he had

 placed on the line.  On the line… The line stopped…

 He looks at those pictures again… of his children

 His everyday shining rays of sun

in a gray sky and remembers the youngest just last night

 asking, “Daddy do you think they’ll take the house?”

 in maybe not so many words.

 And he lies, “No sweetie I don’t”

 as he tussles her hair

 Because that is what daddy does sometimes,

 but he thinks maybe they will as he wipes a teardrop

 from his right eye.

 Big men decided his fate in big houses

 with white fences, and he wonders if their children’s

 bellies were full and if the pictures on their walls

 were duller – dustier?

 

 


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Duller:  Dustier

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Genre: Poetry

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This is a feeling I had felt when I suffered a partial layoff a few years ago. It wasn't even unemployment. My company just dropped my hours to sometimes 16 hours per week. I was depressed, but it could have been worse. The economy was globally in shambles, and many of my coworkers had been entirely laid off. I still had a job, but I had no hours. This poem marked that pain I felt. It also drove me back to school which I truly needed.
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